How to select a workman's compensation doctor
If you've been hurt on the job you no doubt have a lot of questions. Who do I tell about this? Will I get paid while off the job? When can I work again? And what doctor should I go to for this work related injury?
Here are some steps to take when injured on the job:
* When injured it is best to start the process of finding a doctor as soon as possible. This is because most companies put a ninety day cap on when you can file a claim after the injury. Contact your company's Human Resources department and fill out a "First Report of Injury" form to give to your immediate supervisor.
* Next, ask for a list of pre-approved physicians specifically chosen for on the job injuries. The Office of Worker's Compensation Programs will usually have a list of doctors you can search by zip code. Then choose a doctor that works under the OWCP. It is your right to select any doctor on the ADL or approved doctor's list.
* Sometimes people like to use their own physician. After the first ninety period you are eligible to use your own physician.
* It is your employer's objective to maintain a record of your injuries, notify you of your rights, and monitor the time you have lost because of your work related injury.
* You will also need to fill out a "Request for Paid Leave Form" and submit it to the HR department of your company if you need to take time off work because of your injury.
* Rest up and get well!
* Finally, when you feel you are ready to return to your job, you will need to again visit your workman's' compensation doctor to fill out a Work Status Report before you may return to work safely.
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job and is having difficulty attaining their workman's compensation benefits call the New Jersey workman's compensation lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A., who can provide you with legal assistance. Contact us at 800-346-5529.
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